Freaker's Ball - featuring Motorhead, Buckcherry, Jackyl, Federation Of Horsepower + two other bands - October 28, 2006 - Community America Ballpark - Kansas City, Kansas - 98.9 The Rock's annual Halloween bash

From Aural Innovations #35 (January 2007)

First of all I'd like to mention that this is truly one concert I never thought I'd get to see. Well, in my hometown anyway. After I arrived around 6pm, I got to hear most of the set by Federation Of Horsepower, a band that I know absolutely nothing about, but I do know I liked what I heard. Next up was Jackyl, the good 'ol redneck hard rock band featuring none other than the bad boy of southern-like metal frontman, Jesse James Dupree. I believe he's currently the band's sole original member. Tunes I remember hearing include "Push Comes To Shove", "Stand Alone", Dirty Little Mind", "Redneck Punk" and their famed "Lumberjack" complete with Dupree performing the chainsaw-cutting-a-wooden-stool in half routine. After that it was Buckcherry. My first time seeing these guys. Sort of reminded me like a poor man's Guns 'N Roses. Songs of theirs I remember are "Everything", "Sorry", "Crazy B**ch", "Next To You" and the full throttled rocker "Lip Up". Next time I think I'd prefer to check this band out in a smaller venue.

After maybe a thirty minute intermission the wait was over, the lights dimmed, and low and behold the one, the only, the true knights of British metal, Motorhead came out. I didn't expect a good half of the 10,000 strong crowd to stick around to catch Lemmy and crew. But after looking around to see an appreciative crowd of at least 5,000, I almost felt like I was at a biker's metal festival in Bristol, England. You true Motorhead fans should know what I'm talking about. Their seventy minute set was more than satisfying in every sense of the word. I spoke with several major Motorhead fans and each one told me that this concert was better than what they had expected. It started off with "Dr.Rock", "Stay Clean" and "Be My Baby". The sound couldn't have been better. Plus one couldn't help but notice just what a fun time Lemmy was having being here. He also appeared to have trimmed down a bit. After the show he didn't even look tired. A good thing for a metal performer that's now over 60. Other tunes that I for one was pleased to hear were "Metropolis", "Dancing On Your Graves", "Sacrifice", one of my all-time favorite metal tunes, "Just Coz You Got The Power", "Going To Brazil", "Killed By Death", and then the rousing encore with their signature gem, "Ace Of Spades" and "Overkill".

A few young{er} fans asked me about the current line-up of the band. Even though most of you know, I'll list it here: Lemmy - bass and vocals, Phil Campbell - guitar and Mikkey Dee - drums. I do believe this line-up has remained intact for a while now. All I have to say is that it was one of the better shows I've seen in some time now. I sure hope Motorhead returns to this area again before too long. F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C gig there mates. Don't be strangers.

Setlist: Dr. Rock / Stay Clean / Be My Baby / Killers / Metropolis / Over The Top / new song - ? / In The Name Of Tragedy / Dancing On Your Grave / Sacrifice / Just Coz You Got The Power / Going To Brazil / Killed By Death
Encore : Ace Of Spades / Overkill

Reviewed by Mike Reed

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